6 Things you wish you had known before choosing a wedding supplier...
Updated: Jan 7, 2019
Did you know that couples getting engaged often do so over Christmas, in fact proposals rise by 400% over the festive period! Fantastic news if that's you!
One of very first thing that newly engaged couples do is to contact lots of suppliers, to get lots of quotes - it’s exciting! Of course, we understand.
I always think a bit of helpful knowledge, prior to a wedding consultation goes a long way. After all, you've never been married before, so how do you know? As a ex-wedding planner, I have seen some great ideas and some which frankly shouldn’t have been allowed, if only there was someone to give good advice...
So, if you are planning on booking a consultation to discuss your flowers, here's a few things you need to have prepared beforehand, or to be able to get your hands on quickly.
1. Our best advice after setting a date, is to decide and book your venue first before sorting the floral decorations or anything else. Many wedding suppliers won't want to consider your wedding till this is in place. We can advise you on key areas to focus on and the aesthectic of your venue will determine the theme. We may have decorated your venue before in which case we can show you examples and ideas.
2. Consider your style, you will get asked about this a lot from various suppliers, so it's worth taking some time beforehand to think about this one. If this question makes you think "I haven’t got a style!" think again... do you like natural designs, vintage, boho, gothic or are you traditional in your approach, are you a very neat or relaxed sort of couple or are you into alternative ideas, it could be as a couple you are a bit of everything.
A good wedding supplier will be able ask the right questions to find this out.
3. Ideally, a photo of your outfits, or if are planning to buy these later, an idea of what you might like - a copy or link to it so your florist can see your personality. If you have chosen a specific colour that you would like matching, a sample of the colour would be great. If you can't get hold of the actual fabric, we usually suggest a paint sample from a local DIY store that we can match the colour to.
If you can't make your mind up about which colours to choose for your wedding, this is a great way to play around with ideas by mixing and matching samples.
4. If possible - know in advance the number of buttonholes, names of the recipients, how many guest tables you hope to have, how many people will be sitting at the top table if you have one.
If you know access times and contact names for your venue you will gain lots of brownie points.
5. Pinterest boards - lots of couples create boards with images of things they like - be prepared to share this with your wedding supplier before the consultation, it helps to gauge an idea of things you already love. A word of caution with this type of social media however. Many of the images posted are from the USA and don't quite sync with UK seasons or prices.
Many of the posts are of the luxury variety, which is fabulous if this is what you are after but can create disappointment when you find out the costs! Creating mood boards is a fantastic way of getting ideas together and we do recommend this before you contact your suppliers.
A good wedding professional will be able to suggest alternatives for your budget, whatever it is.
Don't be afraid to ask for alternatives!
6. Finally, the one thing that many couples shy away from, talking about money.
As a wedding supplier, we do need to find out your allotted budget for flowers or whatever it is you are ordering, and you really do need to think about this beforehand.
We don't want to embarrass you and start suggesting luxury items when you have a smaller amount in the kitty, or vice versa.
Be prepared to share approximately what you would like to spend, for flowers it is usually 10% - 15% of your total budget.
You don't need to be exact, just have a rough figure in mind. We have wedding packages to give you an idea of costs and we also have a general price list on our website, plus we are alawys happy to give you a free estimate.
We know you want the best value for money and will usually get a few estimates that's natural, however a really good wedding supplier will take the hard work away from you and be able to suggest lots of ideas for varying budgets, just share with us.
We would love to hear from you if you are engaged and would like advice on wedding flowers. To book a consultation complete the contact form on our website or email:
Best wishes and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Steph and Tim x
PS Check out our other blogs when you have a mo. especially: https://www.chirpee.net/blog/choose-the-perfect-wedding-bouquet